Object photography

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Object description

  • Northeastern artist
  • Pouch, late 17th-mid 18th century
  • Deerskin, porcupine quill, porcelain beads, hair
  • New England, United States
  • H: 8 in, W: 7 in, D: 1/4 in (H: 20.3 cm, W: 17.8 cm, D: .6 cm)
  • Gift of Mr. Edward S. Moseley, 1979
  • E28561
  • Probably sewn by hunter's wife to hold tobacco
  • Evokes desired balance between human, animal, and spirit worlds

Native Northeastern men likely carried tobacco in such pouches for prayer offerings when hunting, to thank an animal for giving its life. The cross represents the axis through which humans and spirits communicate. Double-curve motifs suggest the necessity for balance in one's life.